in state regulatory and resource planning processes to support the region’s
transition to renewable energy and carbon reduction, reduce burdensome regulation, and ensure grid and other
issues are addressed in a timely manner.
In Missouri, we successfully advocated that the
Certificate of Convenience and Necessity provision be removed from a final
rule. This reduced regulatory requirements for developers when constructing wind and solar facilities.
CGA was involved in Ameren’s 2017 Integrated
Resource Plan (IRP) and Green Choice Tariff program negotiations. With the IRP, we argued that the cost of
utility-scale wind and solar resources used by Ameren Missouri in its 2017
IRP were too high, and proposed improved cost
estimates. Ameren Missouri acknowledged
that there was room for improvement in their cost estimates and agreed to adopt
our proposals in their update of the plan that occurs annually.
Ameren Missouri wanted to cap the Green Choice
tariff program at 400 MW. We negotiated
the addition of a provision to the program’s tariff that established a
procedure for increasing the amount of wind beyond 400 MW.
In Illinois, we demonstrated that the Adjustable
Block Program was likely to use all of the RPS budget, and argued for changes
that would increase the procurement of 15 year RECs; arguing that money that
would be spent on 1 year spot procurements instead be used to procure 15 year
participated in a Stakeholder workgroup convened by the MN PUC to revise the
state’s interconnection rules governing generator interconnection to the
distribution system, including storage. In addition, we
submitted several sets of comments on the proposed rules. The MN PUC approved these rule changes.
2017, CGA provided industry input on a proposal by the North Dakota Public
Service Commission to modify their administrative rules governing
decommissioning of wind project, resulting in significant improvements to their
2017, the Illinois Power Authority adopted CGA’s proposal to procure more long
term wind RECs (by 1 million RECs) than what was required under the Future
Energy Jobs Act to take advantage of the federal Production Tax Credit prior to